Juan Morse

When I attended Thomas Jefferson High School, my yearbook advisor, Ms. Morimoto, handed me the school's only 35mm SLR camera and told me that I was going to be the yearbook photographer. I had absolutely no photography experience and now I had been recuited to take pictures. As Murphy's Law would have it, there were no instructions with the camera, she had no idea how to operate it and as far as I knew, there was no one in the entire school who could instruct me on how to take a proper picture. Wanting not to fail the task at hand, I had this huge puzzled look on my face and a million questions in my head. To dispel all my questions, she looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Here is a handful of film; take it home and practice."
She had this certain twinkle in her eye which said "you are not going to get out of this task". I'd grown accustomed to this cue whenever she needed me to step up.
She continued her encouragement by saying, "You're a smart guy and you'll figure it out."
With that said, I knew I was not going to get out of that job so easily. So, being the smart guy we both knew I was, I accepted the challenge or should I say the job.

That was September of 1976 and little did I know, I had just been introduced to one of my life's passions.
One of the biggest lessons I've learned from both my still photography and cinematography career is:
You have but a split second to freeze an unforgettable moment in time and if you hesitate, that moment may not ever happen again.

I thank God for graciously providing us with time, talents and opportunity. So, we should all take a hint from the Book of Matthew and not bury our creative talents under a bush.
(Matthew 25:14-30)

Mr. Juan